Electric cooperatives around the state, like 4-County Electric Power Association, are urging members to beware of an ongoing telephone scam.
Officials said there are variations of the scam, but all claim to have money from the federal government that will be used to pay electric cooperative members’ electric bills. There have been isolated reports of the scam in the 4-County service area. Members of electric cooperatives in south Mississippi have reported several contacts from the scam artists.
In some cases, the victim is asked to provide credit card information to cover a processing fee to Paymentus, an automated payment service. Once the thief has that information, he is able to make charges on the account.
“We wanted to alert our members of this potential scam,” said Joe Cade, 4-County CEO/general manager. “We ask our members and the public to not give any personal or banking information over the phone to someone they don’t know. Also, our members and the public should not give out their Social Security numbers over the phone,” Cade stressed.